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Department of Physics

Vacation placements

Summer placements in the EU of at least two months duration can now receive financial support as Erasmus+ traineeships, under certain conditions. The Department does not maintain a list of such placements opportunities. However, if you are organising an internship abroad for yourself and think that you may qualify, please do not hesitate to contact the Department's Exchange Coordinator before the end of January (

EPSRC Vacation Bursaries for students in year 2 or year 3 (but not finalists) to enable them to gain first-hand experience of scientific research. Each year Durham University is awarded a number of bursaries. Members of Physics staff in the EPSRC research area who are able to host students over the summer supply project summaries and these will be advertised, with the application process normally in February. A selection procedure will be arranged by the Head of Department and successful applicants will be notified. Further details are available on the University's EPSRC Vacation Bursaries page, including a link to the EPSRC's eligibility criteria. The Departmental deadline has not been set for 2014.

Summer studentships in the Durham Physics Department, available to current undergraduates.

Summer Research Internships at the University of Tokyo for international science students. Intensive 6-week internship in English, including a short course on the Japanese language and Japanese culture.

Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) student fellowships for science and engineering students with at least two years undergraduate experience to carry out 10-12 weeks of paid research at the Anglo-Australian Observatory.

The Leyden/ESA Astrophysics Program for Summer Students (LEAPS) provides opportunities for students with an interest in Astrophysics to do a 10- to 12-week research project in collaboration with a scientist from Leyden Observatory or ESA.

CERN Summer Student Program offers undergraduate students of physics, computing and engineering a unique opportunity to join in the day-to-day work of research teams participating in experiments at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

DESY Summer Student Programme: Each summer DESY, one of the world's leading accelerator centres, in Germany, offers undergraduate students in physics or related natural science disciplines the possibility to participate in the research activities of the laboratory.

DAAD Research internships in Science and Engineering: A programme of internships giving Physics students and other students the chance to spend a summer working with PhD students in a German university or research centre on a real research project.

IAESTE provides science, engineering and applied arts undergraduates with paid training experience abroad, relevant to their studies, on a reciprocal exchange basis.

Institute of Physics (IoP) work placement scheme for penultimate year students, studying in the UK or Ireland, offering the opportunity to find a summer work placement funded by the IoP.

Diamond Light Source summer projects: Diamond Light Source is the UK's national synchrotron facility, located in Oxfordshire. Each year Diamond gives 10-15 undergraduate students the opportunity to work on a beamline during the summer period.

Selex summer placement opportunities, Luton.

STSI Space Astronomy Summer Program, Baltimore, USA.

Ogden Centre Trust Teach Physics Internship offers 36 internships to Physics undergraduates currently in their second year or above, who are considering a career in teaching. The internship is for a period of 4-5 weeks at the end of the summer term.

Biophysical Sciences Institute Summer Bursaries at Durham University offers undergraduate students in their penultimate year of study funding for 4-8 weeks of biophysical research over the summer vacation.

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